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The Diploma of Liberal Arts: Foundations of Wisdom is a one-year course, and is available on both a full time and part time basis.

The Diploma of Liberal Arts: Foundations of Wisdom is comprised of 8 units, 2 core units and 6 elective units from the first and second year of the associated Bachelor program. Students who complete the Diploma course are able to articulate into the second year of the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts with full credit. The units include subjects from each of the four main disciplines of theology, philosophy, literature and history.  These subjects train students to write, think and speak well, and to appreciate various orders of God’s creation.  These units are supplemented with two Christian worldview units, including an introductory unit focusing on the relationship between Christian thought and the liberal arts.​

CHC regards the Bible as the final referent particularly as it applies to defining and shaping Christian Ministry. In the light of this distinctive orientation, the personal, theological, and ministry dimensions of the course are integrated under the authority of Scripture as the revelation of God developed within theological reflection arising from Scripture and applied in ministry and mission.

Course admission information, including the OP/selection rank, and student profile for the Diploma of Liberal Arts: Foundations of Wisdom here.

A multidisciplinary liberal arts education provides flexibility in the job market.  By cultivating transferable skills—like critical thinking, effective communication, managing complexity, creative problem-solving, synthesising data into arguments—the liberal arts equip students to pursue a broad range of careers.  Some of the most common are teaching, journalism, law, public policy, business, history, international relations, marketing, ministry, philosophy, social science, and academia.

Whereas a specialised undergraduate degree trains people for their first job, a liberal arts degree enables them to move into a second, third, or fourth job more easily.

Employers also recognise the importance of hiring workers with sound reasoning, analytical and communication skills.  Global leaders like Apple™ and Google™ have been intentional about hiring liberal arts graduates.

A liberal arts diploma at the Millis Institute forms not a tool for any single career but a key to unlocking many.

Admission Criteria


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Applicants who have completed secondary education in the last two years and who are aged 17 years or over, are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

Information on our Rank Adjustment Schemes 2021 HERE

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Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study of at least a completed Certificate III (with a GPA of at least 5.0, where applicable) and who are aged 17 years or over, are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

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Applicants with completed higher education study, and applicants with higher education study of at least one semester (full-time equivalent) who wish to transfer to or within CHC, are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

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Applicants with work and life experience who demonstrate readiness for higher education, including successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT), are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

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Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, was conducted in the English language or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.

EXAMINATIONMinimum Requirement
IELTS (Academic)6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic)59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (IBT)90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)
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Our expert teaching staff will inspire you to think creatively, be curious and innovate.

Flexible delivery

Choose a part-time or full-time program to suit your circumstance and lifestyle. Part-time student should note some classes my be scheduled during the day.  Some lectures and tutorials may also have evening classes.

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Course Structure

Diploma of Liberal Arts (MI02)

The Diploma of Liberal Arts: Foundations of Wisdom is comprised of 8 units, 2 core units and 6 elective units.

CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the Millis Institute Administration Office at

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

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Area of StudyCredit Points (CP)
Christian Studies30 CP
Education Studies80 CP
Total320 CP

Fees & Scholarships


All courses at CHC have study costs associated with them, and these are determined by whether you are a domestic student or an international student, and whether you are in a fee-paying place or a Commonwealth supported place.

Different payment options are available, and eligible students can access the Commonwealth government’s HELP scheme to defer the payment of their study costs.

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CHC has a number of scholarships available in particular course areas to help students who are coming to CHC as school-leavers.

The Government also provides some financial assistance to students to help the transition into study.

Further information about scholarships and government financial assistance is available below.

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